The Ups and Downs of Owning a CNC Plasma Cutter // Lift Arc Studios

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Howdy viewers!

You guys have seen bits and pieces of what it’s been like for us to get to know our Shop Sabre CNC plasma table over the past few videos, but we wanted to make a more in-depth video walking you through all the facets of this machine, the good things, the bad things and the things we wish we knew before we bought it!

Consider this an unofficial review hosted by a barely qualified CNC plasma owner/operator. Tay walks you through his thought process before he bought the machine, what it was like to take delivery of it, how the set up process went, what early issues he ran into and what adjustments he’s made since to get the table to cut the way it’s supposed to.

If you’re curious about buying a table like this, we would strongly recommend checking out @ShopSabre CNC their customer service is outstanding and their product is top notch for the money.

A good example of another small (ish) metal shop who does a lot of CNC plasma work is @42Fab – Metal Fabrication & Signage , Tay watched a lot of their videos before pulling the trigger on our own machine.

Also, check out @Maker Table for more juicy plasma and laser cutting content, and to get rad DXF files for your plasma table!

Timestamps for those who are curious!

0:00 Background & Recap
3:29 Overview of the Market
5:18 Customization Options
9:38 Our Experience with the Computer
12:27 Examples of Cuts
16:09 Projects We’ve Made Using the Plasma Cutter
19:35 General Overview
20:59 Important Research Before You Buy

Thanks for watching!

To inquire about a custom build we can help you bring to life, or to be a sponsor of the channel, shoot Tay an email at: Tay@liftarcstudios.com

Hosted by: Tay Whiteside
Filmed by: Tay Whiteside and Walker Hooper
Edited by: Walker Hooper
Music Licensed from Artlist.io

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Any technique or methodology shown in this video is purely for entertainment and informational purposes only. Lift Arc Studios and their associated craftsmen are not liable for any injury or damage to your shop or surrounding areas you man incur while trying to emulate these builds.

Remember, be safe, have fun, work smart!

Comments

42Fab - Metal Fabrication & Signage says:

Pretty good overview!

Frank V says:

I work, assembled machines with the same structure, only they have, a tank between the rails. My problem has been aligning the rails on each side, to ensure parallelism and squareness. The rails are located at a distance of 3 meters from each other. Do you know any technical and effective alignment system. Well, I do it empirically with a tensioned steel wire.

One ANGRY CANADIAN says:

No offence brother but you didn’t sell me on this brand lol.

Nick T says:

We use an abrasive machines for some parts, old as hell and keep getting problems with it breaking down and having to fix it. Damn was really hoping to be blown away but thank you for the video

Pierre Flamand says:

Thé bank has no money !
You work,you pay…
The bank robs you not only in interests but your entire hard earned cash!
Say no to them thieves people! Keep your money in your pockets and always try to deal in cash!
Go bless and thanks for sharing.

ericbaier says:

Please do me a favor, buy a tripod for your camera.

C K says:

Helpful video. Thanks! That sucks with the hole misalignment issue on the table. That would send my OCD into overload. I have a Hypertherm 65 (no table yet). I'm curious as to why your torch is mounted into the holder with about 5-6 inches sticking out. I would think it would be better for rigidity, accuracy and misalignment purposes if it were to be mounted much closer to the torch tip end. You could then lower the whole vertical torch mounting thing on the cross rail to compensate.

Tambaurora Station says:

Great video, thanks for creating. Currently exploring my options for a table. Love the old line drive shaft hanging from the roof. Powering the tools from yester year.

Todd Sutton says:

lol biggest problem is you bought a shop sabre, lol, pos i used to run one. couldn't
ever get through a whole sheet that i didn't have to write quick re cut programs. lol

Johnny McClurg says:

What is your rate what do you charge$$

ali says:

Sooo I recently bought a Shopsabre Sidekick 10 and your videos are very helpful and well done! I live in SW VA, can you tell me a good place to get sheet metal? Thanks so much for your help!

R Peon Engineering says:

What is the 3 phase voltage lines? is it 240? or 120v?

Ronny Formol says:

voorman plasma

Jimmy Favereau says:

is it worth it? YES! subbed : )

marco b says:

What did you play with to fix the bevel problem on thicker gauges?

gaetan lizotte says:

I USED AN OLD COMPUTER WITH WIN XP AND MACH 3, NEVER HAD PROBLEM FOR 15 YEARS NOW AND DONT WANT CONNECT TO INTERNET AND NEVER UPDATE TOO, STILL WORK FAST, STAY AWAY FROM INTERNET AND UPDATE

gaetan lizotte says:

THE METAL DONT WARP MUCH WITH ANY PLASMA CUTTER BECAUSE THE FLAME IS VERY SMALL COMPARE TO OXI-ACETLINE TORCH THAT HAS TO HEAT A LARGER SURFACE AREA

gaetan lizotte says:

I HAVEDOWNDRAFT TABLE WITH CURTAIN AROUND AND WORK BETTER CLEANER PARTS, NO RUST, THERE IS BASICALLY NO SMOKE GOING OUT IF YOU LOOK FROM OUTSIDE TO THE CHIMNEY, THE SMOKE MIX WITH AIR ARE MOVING SO FAST YOU NEVER SEE ANY SMOKE FROM THE CHINMEY, AND YOU CAN ALSO INSTALL AN IN-LINE FILTER FOR CLEANER AIR

Earl Cousins says:

Most informative. One thing, how difficult is it to clean out the water table? Really enjoyed your delivery. What water jet would you purchase? Best of luck in your bus.

Eric Wright says:

Don't knock the powermax 45xp I cut 1/2 super clean!

Humble Dandelion says:

U know where i can download the chart?

Carpe Diem Arts says:

Laser is total Cadillac. It will pay for itself. While I could possibly have credit enough for plasma, I'm not even reaching for laser.

Kraken Slaper says:

Why don't you add a whatever type of Lazer cuts 1/4" plate, to where your plasma cutter nozzle is, then you will have a 5 by 10 Lazer cutter for way less than 100,000, and there's Lazer fanatics on YouTube that will probably provide you a Lazer to make a joint video just to show people how cheap it can be 🤷‍♂️

STEVE says:

I’m digging those line shafts! What a cool building!

Joshua Peden says:

Just don't cut Aluminum on that water table. It can build up Hydrogen under the sheet and blow up.

Slowhand says:

Nice video thank you for all the details you shared…

LJ Prep says:

Good vid, Tay. Questions: Pen drive? (same as thumb?) WHAT? They get $15k for the 2×2'? Egad. What a shame about the computer. Won't they swap it out for you?

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